Sharlto Copley has been assigned the lead role in Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s Open Grave, and has inked a deal to play the villain in Spike Lee’s Oldboy.
The actor, who was best known for his roles in the Oscar-nominated District 9 and The A-Team, will play the character of a man who has woken up with amnesia inside a pit full of rotting bodies. He then sets out to figure out how he got there, but his strange flashbacks have him wondering if he is a killer.
Open Grave will be produced by Charles Roven’s Atlas Independent company.
Copley has also signed on to play the villain Adrian Pryce in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, which is a remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult 2003 Korean revenge thriller. Pryce will portray a mysterious billionaire trying to destroy the life of Joe Douchett (Josh Brolin).
Roy Lee and Doug Davison will produce Oldboy through Vertigo Entertainment and Lee’s 40 Acres & A Mule. Mandate president Nathan Kahane will executive produce the movie which was scripted by Mark Protosevich. Oldboy is scheduled to begin shooting in late September.